[Marxism] Gilbert Achcar interview

Paddy Apling e.c.apling at btinternet.com
Sat Aug 27 13:48:58 MDT 2011

Andrew Pollack wrote  27 August 2011 7:20 PM

Jeff, do you or do you not support imperialist bombing? Louis?
And Louis all your parallels are nonsequiturs, and don't let Achcar
off the hook.
Gerry Foley correctly opposed the neoStalinists who objected to
criticism of Milosevic.
SA today correctly opposes the neoStalinists (including especially in
the US!) who object to criticism (what they still call demonization!)
of Qaddafi (and Assad and Ahmedinejad etc.)
SA yesterday and today opposes imperialist bombing.
Why don't you?

[Paddy Apling]: 

What a collection of loaded (rhetorical) questions !!

ALL of us are against imperialist warmongering, drones, bombing the lot.
But SOME of it (some of it, such as that aimed at undoing Gaddafi, is LESS
reprehensible than the ditto in Afganistan or - with drones - in Pakistan,
simply because in Libya the final effect of imperialist intervention in
still arguable and still to be determined by future events.

For UK the main anti-imperialist struggle should be to wind up the FOURTH
British (ENGLISH) invasion of Afghanistan (even tho' this invasion is led by
the Yanks [word used just to show my feelings of national inferiority !!])
If the imperialists are sufficiently stupid to assist a revolution in Libya
(because they HOPE to benefit) I have sufficient confidence in the common
people (even of Libya, if you think their feelings are so different from
ours) to think it is likely to finally work out to THEIR benefit (it is up
to THEM and our influence is NIL)


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